George Clooney has announced that he plans to write and direct an adaptation of Robert M Edsel’s book “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History”. This is the true story of a group of art experts, chosen by the US Government, to retrieve artwork stolen by the Nazis.
According to the Wrap, Clooney is writing with his longtime producing partner Grant Heslov.
Clooney also plans on starring in the film, although he says it’s too early to begin talking about casting other roles.
Speaking to the Wrap he said, “I’m excited about it…It’s a fun movie because it could be big entertainment. It’s a big budget, you can’t do it small -- it’s landing in Normandy.”
The book follows the men through an 11 month period from D-Day to V-E Day. The group of men worked behind enemy lines and were often left unarmed.
The duo, Clooney and Heslov, have worked on other political or socially oriented projects together in the past including, “Ides of March” last year as well as “Good Night and Good Luck” and “Men Who Stare at Goats”.